14-23 And when he had sent the multitude away he went up into the mountain to pray, and when the evening was come he was there alone
A Day in the Life of Jesus
Intro. Biblical background…the feeding of the five thousand
The purpose of this message is to give Christians a better picture of what Jesus’ life was like so that we will have a better understanding of the work of the church and be more realistic in our claim that we want to be like Jesus. If we really are to be like Jesus we need to know what Jesus was like. We need to know what life was like for Jesus. The gospels give us a picture of the life of Jesus, and today I want to suggest to you, based upon my study of the gospels, what a day in the life of Jesus was like. So, in the future, when you say you are having a bad day, you might just want to say you are having a Jesus day. I also want to challenge those who want to be like Jesus to be a bit more realistic in your claims. If we really want to be like Jesus we might need to consider giving up some of our comforts and be a bit more daring in our service. When we study the life of Jesus we will see that He got outside of His comfort zone and spent time where the people were, with all of their problems and conflicts. Let's look at what a day in the life of Jesus was like.
I. A day in the life of Jesus was accessible; He was accessible to the people. Jesus was out there among the people. Those of us who want to be like Jesus need to consider being more accessible to those who need us. We might be too confined to the comforts of our sanctuaries and too constricted by our rigid schedules. Jesus was not confined and He was not restricted. He endured the inconveniences of interruptions.
Sometimes the interruptions might be the real work.
The unplanned things that God interrupts your schedule with might be more important than the planned things you had in mind.
II. A day in the life of Jesus was filled with acts of goodness. The scriptures tell us that the Master went about doing good. There was very little down time in His schedule. Even when He had some down time, that was taken up by someone who needed help (The woman at the well). Jesus didn’t have a set schedule, He had a set purpose. Anything that He encountered that was in line with His purpose, He fit it into his schedule. He improvised His schedule to address urgent needs. If we want to be like Jesus we need to get away from our schedule some time and do the work that needs to be done then and there. There are a lot of people who want to feel good. They do a lot of things to feel good. For the true child of God, the best way to feel good is to do good. Jesus went about doing good.
III. Jesus’ day always involved time for communing with God. He was busy, but He never got too busy to talk to the Father. If we are to be like Jesus, we should remember to be in touch with the Father. It is the power we get from the Father that enables us to work with His children. Every Christian ought to be trying to be more like Jesus every day. Now that you know what a day in the life of Jesus was like, I hope you will try to become more like Jesus every day.
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Matt. 14: 14-21 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”
16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Our lives are about math. Our days are numbered. We enter into this world on a mathematical basis...man that is born of a woman is of a few days and full of trouble.. Go into the vineyard and work.... Cast your bread upon the waters and it will return.
The hairs on our heads are numbered. There is a lot of arithmetic involved in our lives. No one knows the day or the hour....
Those of us who decide to walk with Jesus are entering into a life time arrangement. We need to know as much as we can about our business partner. Just like any other relationship you learn as you go and grow. One of the things we ought to learn about God is his method of counting or keeping tabs, his arithmetic. It is crucial that we learn about the arithmetic of God because once we enter the walk with him much of our lives from that point is about numbers.
God never asks anyone to do anything for him for nothing. We can’t afford to do anything for God for nothing. It doesn’t seem fair since he has so much in the first place and we have nothing. So God keeps a record of everything that you do. And God pays all of his debts, or keeps all of his promises. God’s Mathematical system is different from ours. God’s wages are based more on attitude toward the work than outcome of the work. He can give anybody anything he wants them to have, and no one else has anything to do with it. (Workers in the vineyard.) In the end, we will all have more than we deserve, either in this life or the next.
God’s mathematic system is designed for you to always come out ahead. If you want God’s arithmetic to work for you you must do certain things.
1. Be obedient to God and put Him first in your life. God Requires our first, our best, our last, and trust that it will mean more to you in his hands than it would in ours. God cannot work His mathematical system under your control so he requires that things be turned over to Him.
II. Be willing to start with whatever and wherever you are, and trust God for the increase. (Don’t let small numbers discourage you)
One of the reasons young people don’t achieve today is because they want to start out with too much. God knows how to get to the goal line from any point on the field.
III. Always look toward Heaven (The Biblical story) God is in control of the bottom line. Always know where your help comes from. The Psalmist said, “I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help; my help comes from the Lord."